MFair, no need for apologies, I was the one who made the incorrect assumption on your ace's rank. And I've a hunch when Raine sees Mr. Cameron's latest tally there will be some bling coming his way.
25 August 1916 Fienvillers, France
Captain Swanson led 'A' Flight on a contact patrol along the lines from Vimy down to Guillemont and back. His headache, while present, was becoming quite manageable. The current regimen of ginger tea, peppermint oil, exercise, and abstinence from strong drink seemed to be working, and he was most glad for it. On the return leg of the morning sortie Swany spotted a lone Aviatik over the little village of Ablainzeville and crept up behind it unseen. He sent one long burst from his Vickers and watched as the gunner suddenly slumped down in his office, and a moment later the plane went into a steep dive trailing a wisp of white smoke. It never recovered and slammed into the earth below. Swany's G/O, Lt. Christopher Dent, who had swung his own gun around to bear, never even had a chance to fire and could only watch the brief encounter. By the time the flight had returned to camp confirmation of the victory had already been called in by two separate British gun crews north of Bellevue. It was tallied as number 25 for Swany, making him an ace five times over. A good morning's work.
70 Squadron's 'A' Flight rising up into a beautiful late-summer sky.
An unsuspecting enemy also out enjoying the morning air.